Definition of magistracy in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈmajəstrəsē/

noun (plural magistracies)

1The office or authority of a magistrate.
Example sentences
  • Yet monarchies might still be democracies according to Bodin, if the prince allows all of the people to have access to magistracies and State offices without regard for nobility, wealth, or virtue.
  • The most extensive privileges were enjoyed by the nobility and clergy, but guilds, municipalities, professional bodies like those of magistracies, and provinces also had their own prerogatives.
  • Apart from the traditional magistracies, his only posts were those of imperial legate in Italy (an innovation of Hadrian), in his case in Etruria and Umbria, where he owned land, and proconsul of Asia.
1.1 (the magistracy) Magistrates collectively.
Example sentences
  • If they must tackle it with purpose, they will need back-up from the laws applicable to illegal guns, and from the magistracy and judiciary.
  • They had less involvement in the gentry-dominated magistracy, which completely controlled the county police until 1888.
  • Hopefully they will then apply to become magistrates, thus enabling the magistracy to benefit from the wide variety of skills, cultures, life experience and backgrounds that can be found in every community throughout our country.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: mag·is·tra·cy

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.